UV rays come from the sun. Research shows that UV rays exposure could increase the risk of skin cancer. However, this in no way means the sun should totally be avoided. At the same time, it would be unwise to stay outside and get too exposed to the rays from the sun s it could be utterly harmful. There are lots of ways you could incorporate that would let you enjoy the sun without getting so exposed to the UV rays.
If the only time you remember sun protection is when you’re going to the beach, pool or lake, that’s not cool. You would scarcely be doing yourself any good getting your exposure to the sun to keep adding up and while you only remember to slather sunscreen on a beach day.
Speaking of sunscreen, it so happens that sunscreen isn’t the only way to keep yourself protected from a sunburn. It is on the list, but there are lots of natural ways to protect your skin from getting toast. Read on to find a few alternatives.
Ways To Protect Yourself From Sunburn
Limit Sun exposure
It’s important to limit your exposure to sunlight. Your skin will usually produce a protective pigment, this is how the tan comes about. However, the skin would need time to do that. Did you know after about thirty minutes to an hour, the skin gets to its full capacity of vitamin D production but this depends on your skin tone. This means the maximum you are advised to spend in the sun is just an hour. After that, you’ll need to get some cover and stay under a shade. You could cover up with a white cloth as it’s actually been proven to keep the body cooler than having no clothes on.
Eat Your Veggies
How much antioxidants you get from your meals affect how effectively you’re protected from sunburn. They work like sunscreens, except that they work internally. As a result, you’re able to maximize your exposure to the sun while risks are thoroughly minimized. Let’s take carotenoids for example – they are important to the photosynthetic process and keep the plant or organism protected from oxygen and light. Now when you consume these plants and organisms rich in carotenoids, you benefit from its protective properties. Vitamin A and C are also vital as they contribute to the cell’s regulation of sun overexposure protection and absorption of light. Sources of these antioxidants include vegetables like carrots and tomatoes and fruits like blackberries, blueberries and raspberries.
Protect your skin with clothing
When you’re in the sun, it’s important to be properly covered, especially in the summer sun. We understand you want to show off your skin, but do you want sunburns? Different clothes provide different levels of protection. Long sleeves, long skirts or pants provide the most protection as they cover the most skin. Darker colours are more effective in protecting against sunburns than light clothing. Tightly woven fabrics do are also more effective than loosely woven fabrics. Dry fabric would do a batter job than wet fabric.
You should however take note that your clothes won’t always keep you protected from the impact of UV rays. You know which is most protective by trying to see through – if you do see through, then the rays could get through, even though minimally. The clothing industries have put all these into consideration and now make clothes that are lightweight, comfortable and protects from UV rays even when wet. Some of them are more tightly woven and others have a protective coating. You’ll find the specification usually on the label of the fabric, that’s how you know a cloth can protect you from harmful UV rays exposure. They’re labeled using a UPF (UV Protection Value). The higher the UPF value, the better it is able to protect from UV rays and the least value is usually 15.
There are products that could increase the UPF value of a fabric. Laundry detergent is a typical example. They do this by adding another layer of UV protection without altering the cloth’s texture or colour.
Sunscreen is produced to protect the skin from sunburn. It’s important to note that what a sunscreen does is filter, not block the sun’s rays. You should not be confident about staying in the sun longer simply because you slathered sunscreen. UV rays will most likely still get through. Consider sunscreen as a skin cancer protection plan and use only when protective clothing or a shade isn’t available. It should not be your plan A, it would more conveniently be a plan C. They’re usually available in different forms, from gels to sprays, to ointments, to lotions, to creams, to wipes and even lip balms.
Some cosmetics could also be considered sunscreen products if they have sunscreen. Some foundations, lipsticks and moisturizers for example, provide protection from the UV rays. Before getting any makeup, you’ll have to check the label to find out if it offers protection or not.
Rub Coconut Oil on the Skin
Coconut oil is a popular skin, hair and health care agent. Evidence proves that Polynesians often slathered their skins with coconut oil before staying so long in the sun. It’s been tested and found to block at least twenty per cent of the sun’s rays. Although this isn’t exactly impressive, it’s greater abilities lie in its antioxidant content released into the skin, which is able to act as a defense and protect damage not minding how long you’ll be out in the sun. You could have so much fun making your own coconut oil.
Consume More Vitamin D
The sun does help in the production of vitamin D. However, consuming more foods rich in vitamin D could help protect your skin from UV radiation. An example of a vitamin D rich food is the fermented cod liver oil. Either that, or you could go instead for supplements that could provide good amounts of vitamin D3 which will keep us protected from the harmful rays of the sun.